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Juneteenth is swiftly approaching and the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Foundation with other local organizations will provide tours of historic black churches in Tuscaloosa. Churches have always been the backbone of the community and the civil rights movement in 1940's-1970's.

On Friday, June 16, 2023, the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Foundation will collaborate with NAACP, Tuscaloosa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and WAMA (West Alabama Multicultural Alliance) to host Juneteenth “Historic Churches” Civil Rights Trail Tours. The tour will have presentations at each church with foot soldiers who will tell their stories of the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Movement and the churches' involvement.

The tour sites are as follows: 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Hunter Chapel AME Zion Church 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Bailey Tabernacle CME Church 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. First African Baptist Church These tours are free; youth organizations and the public are invited to attend. For additional information, contact Samyra Snoddy, tour guide organizer and Foundation board member at

The Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History & Reconciliation Foundation preserves local civil rights cultural material, physical sites, and personal stories; fosters civil and human rights reconciliation efforts in Tuscaloosa; provides educational opportunities for all ages; and enhances tourism outreach in Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit our website at

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